Snow to 80 in 8 days–A spoonful of Holiday Cheer (2/5 update Ch 36 - Final Thoughts)

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  1. marvali

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    As a family who is usually controlled by the school calendar for taking trips we decided to take advantage of the lengthy time off during the Christmas Holidays to travel to Disney. :santa:

    The Cast of Characters (Edited from our PTR – found here) (Christmas) Lights, Decorations, Action - A Post Christmas PTR

    Me-Marv (51) – Disney Fanatic, member of the DIS Dad’s Club, and (over)planner extraordinaire
    DW-Alison (age; not going there) – enjoys going to Disney, but leaves the planning to me
    DS21-Matt – college senior
    DS18-Jon – just completed first semester of college
    DS13-Drew – 8th grader, loves everything sports, especially soccer

    Here we are during our trip in 2008

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    We normally travel to Disney during the very hot summer months, but we made a similar Post-Christmas trip two years ago. We ended up taking DS13s BFF on that trip for his very first Disney visit, so we didn’t get to enjoy the lights and decorations as much as we had originally planned. This trip the priority was to soak up the atmosphere of the Holidays Disney-style.

    Since we are DVC members and know we will be back again fairly soon, DW and I aren’t as concerned about riding any certain ride, or taking in any certain show this time around. Our DSs are old enough and responsible enough to tour the parks at their own pace,:hyper: so their priorities are something completely different. :)

    There will be lots of pictures (some taken especially in honor of some of my DISfriends), some dining reviews and even food porn for those who like to eat at Disney like we do. Mainly there will be lots of pictures of the Christmas lights and decorations, and some of the special entertainment offered by Disney during the Holidays.

    Hopefully this TR will be both entertaining and informative for anyone who chooses to follow along. I hope it will be as fun for readers as it will be for me to share with you all!
     
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  3. marvali

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    Reserved for Chapter Links and Such.

    Chapter 1 - Pre-Trip Info
    Chapter 2 - Christmas Day and our Journey towards Disney Begins!
    Chapter 3 - Change in Plans??? (Part 1)
    Chapter 4 - Change in Plans??? (Part 2)
    Chapter 5 - Snowball Run to Dad's House???
    Chapter 6 - If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Away From the Oven!
    Contest #1 - Travel Day/Magic Kingdom Night
    Chapter 7 - The Final Countdown!
    Chapter 8 - We Are Finally On Our Way!
    Chapter 8 - We Are Finally On Our Way! (Part 2)
    Chapter 8 - We Are Finally On Our Way! (Part 3)
    Contest #2 - Move to Kidani/Arrive at Epcot
    Chapter 9 - We Move to Kidani and Head to Epcot!
    Chapter 10 - World Showcase Storytellers (Part 1)
    Chapter 11 - World Showcase Storytellers (Part 2)
    Contest #3 - Epcot Dining and Nighttime Touring
    Chapter 12 - Tutto Italia Dining Review
    Chapter 13 - The Candlelight Processional
    Chapter 14 - Touring Some of the Decorated Disney Resorts
    Contest #4 - Magic Kingdom Day
    Chapter 15 - Off to the Magical Kingdom
    Chapter 16 - Time to Conquer Some Mountains
    Chapter 17 - Magic Kingdom Continued
    Contest #5 - Rest of MK Day and WCC
    Chapter 18 - Wilderness Lodge and Dinner at WCC
    Contest #6 - DHS Day - Part 1
    Chapter 19 - DHS - The TSMM Mad Dash
    Chapter 20 - DHS - RnR, ToT and Beyond
    Contest #7 - DHS Day - Part 2
    Chapter 21 - DHS - Our Day Continues
    Contest #8 - DHS Day - Cape May Cafe and Osborne Lights
    Chapter 22 - Cape May and The Beach Club
    Chapter 23 - New Year's Eve, DHS and Osborne Lights
    Contest #9 - A New Year, A New Park - Animal Kingdom Morning
    Contest #10 - A New Year, A New Park - Finally All Together
    Contest #11 - A New Year, A New Park - Closing the Park at Yak & Yeti
    Chapter 24 - Animal Kingdom Day
    Chapter 25 - Animal Kingdom Day (Part 2)
    Chapter 26 - Animal Kingdom Day Solo Tour Continues
    Chapter 27 - Time with the Boys
    Chapter 28 - All Together......On Safari
    Chapter 29 - Final AK Park Touring
    Chapter 30 - Yak & Yeti and Closing Down AK
    Contest #12 - Our Final Day at Epcot Begins
    Chapter 31 - Final Day - Epcot Morning
    Contest #13 - Our Epcot Day Continues
    Contest #14 - Le Cellier and our Epcot Evening
    Chapter 32 - Final Day - Epcot Day Continues! (Part 1)
    Chapter 33 - Final Day - Epcot Day Continues! (Part 2)
    Chapter 34 - Le Cellier and our Epcot Evening
    Trip Report Contest - TR Contest Final Results
    Chapter 35 - Heading Home
    Chapter 36 - Final Thoughts
     
  4. glennbo123

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    Hey, could I be first?

    :banana:
     
  5. marvali

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    Nice job!!! :thumbsup2 I was waiting to see who would be the most observant! :woohoo:
     
  6. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    The congrats got me.
    Good one Marv.


    it's about time. :rolleyes1

    :surfweb:
     
  7. marvali

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    :rotfl: Yeah, I've been home a whole 6 days now!!! :laughing: Got the oldest two DSs off to college and just waiting on the snow and ice storm to arrive later tonight, so I thought since I had nothing better to do......... ;)
     
  8. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Looks like we both should have some extra time, maybe 2 days worth of extra time.


    I hope the boys are all hunckered down and safe at school.
     
  9. KatMark

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    Reporting in for duty, sir! Now back to read. ;)
     
  10. Rozz

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    May I join in??

    We're in the storm region also. School has already been cancelled for tomorrow! :woohoo:

    Work's not been cancelled, but at least the kids can enjoy a three day weekend!:)
     
  11. marvali

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    The boys are both back at school safe and sound. They headed down the road early to avoid any possible issues.

    If we get as much as they are predicting, with the temps remaining below freezing until some time Tuesday, we might get a lot of "free" time. I might have the whole TR written by the time we can get out again!!! :rotfl2:

    :welcome: aboard Kathy! Glad to have you along for the TR!

    And I guess I should correct my oversight and give the obligatory :welcome: to Glenn and Pat too!!!
     
  12. KatMark

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    Glad the boys are back safely. But I don't believe for a minute with the weather that you'll have the whole TR written by the time you can get out. I may be old, but I'm not THAT old to buy that line.

    And I'm thrilled to be here.

    Now, Rosie, where are you?????? :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  13. marvali

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    Rozz you ninja poster! Absotutle Lutely you can join in! :welcome: I knew you would be watching....always watching! :rotfl2: They just made the announcement a few minutes ago that the schools in our county have been cancelled for tomorrow. DW and DS13 were dancing around the living room! Matt and Jon have already heard they won't have any classes tomorrow either. Now if the conditions will only be bad enough that I can't possibly make it in to work!!! :rolleyes1
    Thrilled to have you! Can't believe you aren't buying that line though. You always seem SOOOO naive. :lmao:

    As for Rosie, she is getting really slow in her old age!!! ;)
     
  14. lovegrumpy

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    Jumping on board. I love reading trip reports during the Holiday season.
     
  15. marvali

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    :welcome: lovegrumpy! Hopefully this TR won't disappoint. If nothing else the banter should be entertaining!!! :rotfl:
     
  16. YukiPhnx

    YukiPhnx The Minnie to my Mickey

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    I made it to the first page!

    Hey Marv, I'm here! :yay:
     
  17. marvali

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    :welcome: Yuki, and congrats on being the final poster to make page 1! :woohoo:

    I'm working on the first Chapter of the TR, so hopefully there will be something interesting to read soon!:thumbsup2
     
  18. YukiPhnx

    YukiPhnx The Minnie to my Mickey

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    Yaay! I'm looking forward to it!
     
  19. KatMark

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    Sure, I'm going to bed now to get up at 5 a.m. for work and you're going to post an update. Well, I guess I'll save my sarcastic remarks until tomorrow. :lmao::lmao::lmao:
     
  20. marvali

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    Heading to be now too! Even though I probably won't be able to get out tomorrow and head to work, I still have to get up at 5:00 too and at least check. If I'm "stuck" at home, I should be able to get that first chapter posted sometime tomorrow.
     
  21. englishrose47

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    I'm in before it becomes Page 249!!!!!!
     

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